IT was quite literally a home run for baseball in the state recently when Baseball Tasmania received a $45,000 grant through the Community Infrastructure Fund.
The funding will pay for some much-needed ground improvements at the Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground, including new back netting for the batting areas, a batting cage and a new pitching mound.
Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who delivered news of the funding, said the existing pitching mound was now decades old.
“With sustained use and exposure to the elements, the mound had now eroded so much that it has become quite dangerous, especially in wet weather,” she said.
“A new mound will improve the safety for both pitchers and fielders, as well as give the whole league a more professional appearance.”
Baseball Tasmania president David Searle said baseball was continuing to expand in southern Tasmania, having grown from four to seven teams in the past three seasons.
He said the State Government funding allowed the league to not only improve safety for its players and spectators, but offered the opportunity to improve training infrastructure.
“Previously, our training set up would only allow for one skill aspect to be taught safely at a time,” he said.
“But with a batting cage, it will allow players the opportunity to practice both batting and pitching away from the main group.
“The batting cage will also allow for practice away from normal training nights, which can only improve the skills of our players and also allow for separate practice for those players new to our game.
“Baseball Tasmania is extremely grateful to Elise Archer for providing us with this financial support to continue our aim to introduce baseball to more people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and age groups.”
Caption: From left, Louise Carr, David Searle, Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Aaron Jarvis.